Series 23996
Star Mining District (Utah). Recorder Mining records

Dates: 1870-1897.

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These records are housed in the Utah State Archives' permanent storage room.

Historical Note

An agency history is available.

Scope and Content

Beaver County miners organized the Star Mining District in the Star Range southwest of Milford on 8 July 1870. The Star District included Shauntie, a significant mining settlement which was the hub of Beaver County mining activity during the decade of the 1870s. The Star District was organized two years before Congress passed a general mining law validating the already established precedent that individuals had the right to claim mineral wealth in the public domain (Statutes at Large, Treaties, and Proclamations, of the United States of America, vol. 17, 1872, chap. 152). In local areas groups of miners organized districts to manage mining activity and to elect recorders to keep records of claims. The Star District books primarily contain notices of location or records of claims. Each notice identifies a claim by a unique name, provides a description of its location, and identifies the names of locators. Since early claims were limited to 200 feet along a lode, several locators were generally listed on each claim. Notices include dates for discovery and filing and are signed by the district recorder or his deputy. Early location notices also include the recorder's record of work competed on the claim. In addition to notices of location, Star District books include the minutes of miners' meetings and copies of district by-laws.


Volumes of Star District record books are chronological. Within each book records are arranged by document type, and thereunder by date recorded. Miners' meeting minutes and by-laws appear at the beginning of Books A-C and are followed by notices of location. Early labor records were kept on the same page as the notice of location. Labor reported for 1892-1894 was kept in a separate book.

Related Records

Mining district by-laws from United States. General Land Office, Series 3651, contain copies of the by-laws as filed with the General Land Office.

Notices of location books from Beaver County (Utah). County Recorder, Series 23992, contain many notices of location for the Star Mining District.

Access Restrictions

This series is classified as Public.

Preferred Citation

Cite the Utah State Archives and Records Service, the creating agency name, the series title, and the series number.

Processing Note

Star Mining District record books were microfilmed in January 2002 as part of Utah State Archives Millennial Project and processed by Rosemary Cundiff in February 2003.

Finding Aids

Indexes: Each Star Mining District record book includes an index at the beginning of the book which provides reference by claim name,.

Indexing Terms

  • Star Mining District (Utah)—Corporate minutes.
  • Star Mining District (Utah)—By-laws.
  • Mining claims—Utah—Beaver County.
  • Mines and mineral resources—Property—Beaver County—Utah.
  • Utah—Beaver County—Mines and mineral resources.
  • Utah—Shauntie.

Container List

1 1870, Jul - 1871, Apr (Book A)
1 1871, Apr - 1873, Jan (Book B)
1 1873, Feb - 1878, Jan (Book C)
1 1878, Jan - 1885, Apr (Book D)
2 1885, Apr - 1897, Jan (Book E)
2 1892, Aug - 1894, Dec (Labor Record Book)

Page Last Updated October 18, 2012.